The Changing Landscapes project came about through the NTS' participate programme which encourages new audiences to engage with our heritage through the creative arts. Here on Iona our focus is on conserving and interpreting the wider countryside including traditional crofting, wildlife and archaeology. Iona is well known for its special ambience, quality of light, fertility and colours of the landscape, sense of peace and tranquillity, and so we find ways to preserve these less tangible apects along with providing practical support to a flourishing local community.
For this project we partnered with our local high school in Oban, where teachers and pupils in the School of Traditional Music were keen to work with musician Donald Shaw, himself a former pupil. So what happens when 12 creative teenagers, a musician, a ranger and a writer spend 2 sunny days together exploring a small Hebridean island? We hope you enjoy the results.